The Village Model: Innovative Aging in Place


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Presented as part of the 2011 American Planning Association Conference, this presentation provides information on how the Village model, an innovative grassroots model to support aging in place, can be connected with the local and state planning process. As baby boomers transform national demographics, local governments in the San Francisco Bay Area experiment with aging-friendly policies and programs.
Explore innovations that support older adults wishing to age in place.

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  • Core Services TransportationGrocery shoppingProfessional staff services including supports coordinationConcierge ServicesCoordinated by Village staffVetted, background-checked vendorsDiscount on service included in membership or negotiated on a request-by-request basis
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  • The Village Model: Innovative Aging in Place

    1. 1. The Village Model<br />April 11, 2011<br />American Planning Association<br />Candace Baldwin<br />Senior Policy Advisor, NCB Capital Impact <br />&<br />Co-Director, Village to Village Network<br />
    2. 2. Connecting Long Term Supports Policy with Real World Practices<br />Mission to help older Americans and people with disabilities to conduct their lives with maximum independence, dignity and connection to their communities<br />Provide innovative, expert technical assistance to community-based organizations working in underserved and moderate- and low-income communities <br />Joint partnership with Beacon Hill Village – Village to Village Network, national peer to peer network for Village model<br />
    3. 3. 3<br />Elder Preferences<br /><ul><li>Remain at home and in their own neighborhoods
    4. 4. Maintain social networks
    5. 5. Easy access to shopping and health care
    6. 6. Be safe
    7. 7. Be healthy
    8. 8. Be involved in the community</li></ul>We Have Good News About Today’s Elders<br />Positive Elder Trends<br /><ul><li>Longer lives
    9. 9. Better health
    10. 10. Decreased disability
    11. 11. Better educated
    12. 12. More access to information
    13. 13. Decreased institutionalization</li></li></ul><li>Village Model<br />
    14. 14. Village Model has a Set of Guiding Principles<br />Grassroots membership based organization<br />Self-governing<br />Self-supporting<br />Consolidator of services<br />Strategic partners<br />Focus on the whole person<br />Volunteers and civic engagement<br />
    15. 15. Village Is NOT<br /><ul><li>A provider model
    16. 16. Licensed
    17. 17. A physical place such as a senior center or a NORC
    18. 18. A care-giving model
    19. 19. A new silo
    20. 20. Replicating anything</li></ul>Village Is<br /><ul><li>Consumer developed and operated
    21. 21. A one-stop shop for coordinating a variety of services and supports
    22. 22. A network of community members working together
    23. 23. Focused on the whole person
    24. 24. Integrates a variety of resources and assistance</li></ul>Villages Strive for Independence, Dignity and Connection to Community for Older Adults<br />
    25. 25. Villages Foster a Stronger Sense of Community<br />Governance/Civic Engagement<br />Non Profit, 501(c) 3 organizations<br />Membership governed through Board of Directors<br />Funding<br />Funded through membership fees and private fundraising<br />No public support<br />Supports and Services<br />Provide one stop, one call for community members<br />Facilitate connection to existing community services<br />Currently targeted to moderate income but includes low-income<br />Membership Plus model allows for lower income individuals to participate<br />
    26. 26. Core or concierge service met with a volunteer<br />Some Examples<br /><ul><li> Home Health
    27. 27. Lawn
    28. 28. Electrician
    29. 29. Plumber
    30. 30. Painting</li></ul>Concierge service met with a vendor at a discounted rate<br />Trained Village Staff or Office Volunteer Triages Request<br />Member calls or emails Village office with request<br />Member signed up for event or ongoing service/support<br />Member contacted for feedback on quality of service<br />Professional Village staff help navigate challenge<br />Consumer-Driven Organizations Create Flexibility in Services Offerings<br />
    31. 31. Communities Engaged in Village<br />4-9<br />15-25<br /> 1-3<br /> 10-14<br />Existing Villages (55 total open and operating)<br />Source: Beacon Hill Village TA Database and NCB Capital Impact Analysis<br />Currently 55 Villages Open and Over 120 Communities in Development Phase<br />District of Columbia <br />
    32. 32. Connection to Community is the Promise of Village Movement<br />Village model provides a new way to address connection of community supports and housing for older adults<br />Maximizes community assets to create holistic system<br />Strengthens community and creates non-traditional supports<br />Provides opportunity for civic engagement and “voice” for local planning<br />
    33. 33. Social Connections and Living in Community Impact Health and Policy Outcomes<br />Research on Social Relationships – Brigham Young University<br />Social relationships linked to mental health, morbidity and mortality<br />Civic Engagement<br />Reduces social isolation<br />Increases sense of belonging and value<br />
    34. 34. Villages can Connect Planners to Older Adults in Community<br />Involving Village members in local planning<br />Older adults will take on sense of ownership of project or plan<br />Become the champions within the community<br />Capitalize upon the expertise of older adults<br />Challenges and barriers<br />Preferences and needs<br />Innovations and solutions<br />
    35. 35. Question & Answers <br />
    36. 36. For More Information <br />Candace Baldwin <br />Senior Policy Advisor<br />NCB Capital Impact<br />Center for Excellence in Long-Term Supports Innovations<br /><br />(703) 647-2352<br /><br />